No one should be above criticism.
Here's Rep. Maxine Waters' exact quote while waiting to hear the verdict from the George Floyd murder case...
“Well, we’ve got to stay on the street. And we’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
The key word here is "confrontational."
tending to deal with situations in an aggressive way; hostile or argumentative.
"Aggresive" and "hostile."
Ok. You could maybe excuse a regular protester for saying something like that, out of frustration.
But public officials should be held to a higher standard.
Just as Donald Trump was rightfully criticized for inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6th..... so should Waters be censured for inciting violence while waiting for the verdict.
Now you've got the usual cast of characters defending her on national television... and the predictable divisions continue. Not ONE Democrat or left-leaning figure with the balls to come out and say she was wrong.
Then you've got this.....
"LeBron James explains deleted tweet about police shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant"
This stems from the fatal shooting of a 16-year old black girl at the hands of police in Ohio, which happened to occur on the same day as the reading of the Chauvin verdict.
From the article:
On Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Lakers star tweeted a photo that appeared to show the officer who was involved in the shooting of Bryant with the caption: "YOU'RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY."
Except that released footage of the incident shows 16-year old MaKhia Bryant in mid-swing with a knife in her hand, about to stab another young black girl.
In a split-second decision, the officer who shot Bryant may have very well saved the other girl's life.
This VERY CLEAR footage, painfully more obvious when played in slo-mo, may be the only thing that is keeping the anti-cop, rabid left extremists somewhat under control.
Yet LeBron James, whose other social initiatives I've applauded in the past.... clearly went totally overboard in his knee-jerk reaction, which as a Congressman clearly stated soon after.....
Backlash was swift, with Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., accusing the NBA champion of inciting violence against a police officer.
"This is disgraceful and dangerous," he said. "Is the NBA okay with this? Is Twitter?"
What all this means is that there are harmful elements on BOTH sides of the equation. The Maxine Waters and LeBron James of the world aren't doing the cause any favors by shooting their mouths off like this. All they're doing is perpetuating the problem... and in fact giving the other side cannon fodder with which to continue the hostilities.
Waiting to see whether the Bryant shooting reaction picks up any steam... because it would be shameful to flip everything on its head and now pretend that clearly aggressive people (even holding deadly weapons) OF ANY COLOR should be given a stern "talking to", basically rendering the police force powerless in doing their job.
As usual, we can't seem to get out of our own way....